October 23, 2014
UNEN Binner, Sanz close the door on Macri deal
Amid tensions between the leaders of the Broad Front UNEN over lawmaker Elisa Carrió’s promotion of an electoral alliance with PRO, the Front’s lawmakers Ernesto Sanz and Hermes Binner rejected any deal with Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s party.
“There is no possibility to build something when there are divergent opinions. There is no coincidence with PRO,” Binner said. “We think differently,” he added and criticised PRO’s “abandonement” of hospitals and schools in Buenos Aires City.
The socialist lawmaker stressed that there has been no talk of alliance between the two blocs and that a deal would be unthinkable due to their political differences.
His fellow lawmaker Sanz in turn confirmed that an alliance with Macri is “not even on the table”.
“[A deal] is not in UNEN’s agenda. All the sparks come from the outside,” he added. He dennounced an “enourmus pressure from outside the bloc” and said that UNEN should be seen “in terms of coalition and political organization” not “in terms of candidates”.
Sanz said that joining another political bloc is not in UNEN’s plans, which focus on “strenghtening the bloc” nationwide.
Controversy sparked last Monday as UNEN leaders re-launched their alliance in the City at a rally in downtown Buenos Aires where some of the front’s leaders took the opportunity to blast a potential accord.